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25 Helpful Addiction Recovery Quotes | Houston TX


25 Helpful Addiction Recovery Quotes | Houston TX

Why do we share quotes across our social media networks, print on t-shirts, or hang on the wall? 

We share quotes because they are expressions that resonate with us because of what we know, or feel, or are going through.

Finding the right quote can offer hope because if someone else has said those words, and others are sharing it, then we know we are not alone in feeling what that quote expresses. Take a look at this list of QUOTES others have found to be useful as they work through their addiction recovery.




Rehab Program in Puerto Vallarta | A Different Approach


Rehab Program in Puerto Vallarta | A Different Approach

A Different Style makes all the Difference!

There are so many different rehab programs to choose from where it can become difficult in selecting which rehab is right for you.  So many people arrive to rehab and cannot wait to leave.  They get trapped into thinking that there is a quick fix.  How can any addict get much from the experience if they're only counting the days?  I don't think you can have an open mind when you're miserable, hence the reason why I fell in love with our facility in Puerto Vallarta, MX. 

Puerto Vallarta is a place where most people go for vacation, so to create a Drug & Alcohol Rehab at a beautiful destination was the perfect answer to give guests the ability to connect not only to their healing from addiction, but also to the beauty that is wrapped around them.

There will never be more then 4 guests at our facility.  You will receive private, and individual attention and have the opportunity to experience the same things as you would on a vacation.  Adventure Therapy, Counseling, Detox, Nutrition, along with a Personal Trainer is all a part of our program to get sober and healthy.  The better you feel, and the more you are enjoying your experience, the better the chances are that you will keep an opened mind and learn much more about your addiction.

Relapse is talked about as being inevitable, but we believe that once you begin to enjoy being clean and sober, you will realize that life without drugs and alcohol is much greater!!!

It's time to leave all distractions and go on a wellness journey.



Recovery from Alcoholism | Alcoholic Regrets

Recovery from Alcoholism | Alcoholic Regrets

As I reflect on my life, I have come to understand that being an Alcoholic is a life that I never want to experience again.  As I look into the looking glass, I can fully see the pain I put myself, family, and friends through.  Through this deeper sense of past reality, I can't help but express the need to surrender before regrets begin to pile up and become to great to bear.

Recovery from alcoholism no doubt has it's challenges, but at this point in my recovery I am able to think more clearly and become connected on a different plane.  You ask me, "Is life better?"  SURE, my life and mind are more clear, but it IS different.  You can definitely say my life has never been "normal', or whatever that means, and alcohol made me more comfortable in my skin and a little easier to exist in this crazy world for many many years, so I thought...

When people contact me with concerns about their addiction, I stress to them that not even "I" can say something that will make them shift, but I do tell them to be honest with themselves, and to remove the delusion of reality that they have created within their life.  This is easier said then done, but I continue to guide them towards some glimmer of the truth, in hopes that they begin to reach out and do something before their regrets are built up to high.  The more regrets, the harder it may become to stay sober for any length of time.  

There is nothing we can do about the past, but there is always, I mean always, changes we can do within our present moment.  Even when you think you see there is no way out, there are always small steps that can be taken towards healing.  No step is to small.  So please stop the chaos before there is to much pain.  Don't create any more of a challenge within your recovery and begin to let go and let it take you into a magical ride into the beauty of the unknown.  

Become Optimistic instead of Pessimistic.  The fewer the regrets, the easier the Journey.  You Got This!  Dig Deep and deal with it now before it is to late!  God Bless Everyone that is suffering.  There is another chapter of life awaiting you, just turn the page and press on.

15-Day Recovery & Relax 

(3-Day Medical Detox & Kick-Start into Rehabilitation) 


Program Includes:

  • A Physical and Psychiatric Addiction Assessment
  • Sober Escort and Traveling Support Services Daily
  • 3-Day Detox (Medical or Holistic)
  • Guided through the 12-Steps of Recovery Program
  • Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Workbook Sessions
  • Healthy Gourmet Meals made with local vegetables and protein (access depends upon season and accessibility) Daily
  • Sessions of Private Fitness dedicated to your specific needs.
  • Outdoor Adventure Therapies and Activities
  • Sessions of Guided Yoga, Breath work and Meditation
  • 2 Massages
  • Weekly AA or NA Group Meetings




Rehab in Mexico | Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 Reasons.

Why Rehab in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is the place for you!

1.  Privacy, Privacy, Privacy

2.  Sun & More Sun - It has a way to make you feel comfortable and at ease on even the hardest day.

3.  Confidentiality - Medical Records will not be linked to your Native Health Insurance Record.

4.   A Vacation Experience where your personnel wellness is number 1.

5.  Beautiful landscape that mixes the mountains and ocean view into a surreal experience.

6.  Mexican Cultural Experiences that can bring you into a more clear perspective.

7.  Friendly Mexican Staff where even on your worst day they will make you feel right at home.

8.  Experienced Medical Staff that do not pressure alternative pharmaceutical drugs as a Taper after the Medical Detox.

9.  We are nested in the Bay of Banderas which is the birthing ground for Humpback Whales.  Tours will take you into the sea where you can experience this miracle of life.

10.  Adventure Therapy is limitless.  You will be guided in experiences where your heart may open up to find a connection you never knew you had.



Patience within Recovery

In the beginning stages of recovery we want to heal fast and now. This is a journey and an experience that we have to learn how to do with patience. We need to be fair to ourselves and allow the process to work in our life at a gradual pace. We cannot get upset with ourselves and with our support system if we feel we are not progressing as rapid as we would like. Remember, you didn't get here overnite, so take it easy, it will get better as long as you stay sober and keep your Recovery 1st. When you come into emotional pain, reach out and go to the gym, walk, meditate, or talk to a recovery coach, or a sponsor who has experienced the same difficulties, and let them guide you. Your ego will tell you that you are able to control your issues, and then before you know it you have relapsed. You need to let go of your control issues and let yourself be guided through the process of creating new healthy habits. Once you are able to heart fully connect to the brighter side of life, recovery will become a new lifestyle that you can love and enjoy.

If you are unsure if a Detox and Rehab Program is for you, please call our hotline to discuss at: 1.713.907.5632

-- Julia Allshouse CHHC, RYT-200 Operations Director 322-105-0981


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Filling the Void | How | New to Recovery

Being in Recovery is a different experience for all of us. For me, alcohol was a great solution to life's problems. It would calm my anxiety, wipe away the fears that stimulated my mind, and at the same time it was an escape from my reality. I believe the road of Recovery gives you the opportunity to go deeper inside the psyche and find what really brings us joy and inner peace. Those of us who have crossed into the depths of addiction found the addiction to be a best friend of sorts, a way of being so the substance could give us comfort. Without our best friend by our side, we now have to come to a place of understanding of what kind of 'void' that substance was filling. Why have I become so out of control, and what can I do to Overcome? 12-Step Meetings, Church, Fitness, Nutritional Changes, or Therapy? All the above or something much more? Whatever it is, our life will take a drastic change from the stimulus life we lead before, but once we find our alternative method(s) of positive healing, what we accomplish will surely be a different life, much healthier, more relaxed and hopefully a little calmer. We need to "let go" and no longer fight against our new path of existence. We need to no longer look at the mistakes weave made because the past is the past and the future has not been written. Learn to enjoy the journey of recovery. Meet new people, find what inspires you, take care of your body. After all we've survived! It's time to re-write your story.

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  • A Physical and Psychiatric Addiction Assessment
  • Sober Escort and Traveling Support Services Daily
  • 3-Day Detox (Medical or Holistic)
  • Guided through the 12-Steps of Recovery Program Daily
  • Daily Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Group Therapy (Relationship Building, Anger Management, Relapse Prevention, Family Therapy, Stress & Anxiety Management)
  • 1 Customized Nutrition Program
  • Healthy Gourmet Meals made with local vegetables and protein (access depends upon season and accessibility) Daily
  • A daily Fitness Program dedicated to your specific needs
  • 4 Outdoor Adventure Therapies and Activities
  • 4 Sessions of Guided Yoga, Breath work and Meditation
  • 4 Massages
  • Weekly AA or NA Group Meetings
  • 1 Karma Activity by helping others less fortunate. (Community Activities and Outreach: Orphanage, Nursing Home, Clean-up Crew, etc.)



Addiction Transformed into Cancer.

Every CELL in your body has it's own INTELLIGENCE and is able to listen to what you are thinking, feel what you are expressing, and become what you are consuming.

One of the most known ADDICTIONS that TRANSFORM into CANCER is Cigarette Smoking & Tobacco Chewing, which can turn into lung, throat or lymph-node cancer. Alcoholism & Drug Abuse can turn into liver, colon/rectum, or pancreas cancer. Other types not mentioned here could occur as well. My intention is not to give a comprehensive list.

Besides Substance Abuse, repetitive negative thinking, and suppressing negative emotions such as anger, resentment, and hatred, and even milder emotions such as irritation, annoyance, or frustration can easily MANIFEST into ILLNESS. This illness can be physical, emotional, or spiritual.

When you are in a STATE OF BALANCE- mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically- illness simple can't settle in your body. Most people have not been taught how to deal with stress and negative thinking, and don't know how to live a BALANCED LIFE.

This is where MOFFITT WELLNESS RETREAT in LUXURY STYLE, comes into the picture. IT IS TIME to take 1, 2, 3, or even 4 weeks off to BRING BALANCE back into your life and not only BEST ADDICTION, but the possibility of cancer as well.

Your Wellness Journey can BEGIN by CALLING: 1-713-907-5632. Wether you need to heal from addiction or need to bring homeostasis back into your life, call today, you deserve to save your life.


Julia Allshouse CHHC, RYT-200 Vikara Wellness Cel: (044) 322-105-0981 Certified Holistic Health & Overall Wellness Counselor



How to Overcome what leads into an Addiction.

There are many aspects in one individuals life. One dimension can be that we are trying to overcome something from the past, present, or even from an idea of the future. This burden that some of us carry stays connected and roots into our very nature. It is something that no one can see, and it is something that only the seer of life can understand fully to the essence that the burden really is. It can take us into a spin and never hang us out to dry. The spinning and spinning, round and round the burden takes over and never let's go. Mentally we are anguished by the very nature of our existence, and we look for peace in all the wrong places.

Here, Now, Today, is the time to OVERCOME. To Overcome the feelings of Anguish. To Overcome Jealously. To Overcome Pain. To Overcome Uncertainty. To Overcome Anger To Overcome Confusion. To Overcome Fear. To Overcome the Pattern of Negative Thinking.

Call NOW to Speak with a Counselor: 1-713-907-5632


-- Julia Allshouse CHHC, RYT-200, Operations Director



Am I an Addict?

Only you can answer this question.

This may not be an easy thing to do. All through our usage, we told ourselves, “I can handle it.” Even if this was true in the beginning, it is not so now. The drugs handled us. We lived to use and used to live. Very simply, an addict is a person whose life is controlled by drugs.

Perhaps you admit you have a problem with drugs, but you don’t consider yourself an addict. All of us have preconceived ideas about what an addict is. There is nothing shameful about being an addict once you begin to take positive action. If you can identify with our problems, you may be able to identify with our solution. The following questions were written by recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous. If you have doubts about whether or not you’re an addict, take a few moments to read the questions below and answer them as honestly as you can.

  1. Do you ever use alone? Yes  No 
  2. Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that one particular drug was the problem? Yes  No 
  3. Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs? Yes  No 
  4. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to obtain drugs? Yes  No 
  5. Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed? Yes  No 
  6. Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another? Yes  No 
  7. Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs? Yes  No 
  8. Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you? Yes  No 
  9. Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use? Yes  No 
  10. Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs? Yes  No 
  11. Have you ever lied about what or how much you use? Yes  No 
  12. Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities? Yes  No 
  13. Have you ever tried to stop or control your using? Yes  No 
  14. Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or drug rehabilitation center because of your using? Yes  No 
  15. Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating? Yes  No 
  16. Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you? Yes  No 
  17. Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs? Yes  No 
  18. Do you ever question your own sanity? Yes  No 
  19. Is your drug use making life at home unhappy? Yes  No 
  20. Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs? Yes  No 
  21. Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your using? Yes  No 
  22. Do you think a lot about drugs? Yes  No 
  23. Have you had irrational or indefinable fears? Yes  No 
  24. Has using affected your sexual relationships? Yes  No 
  25. Have you ever taken drugs you didn’t prefer? Yes  No 
  26. Have you ever used drugs because of emotional pain or stress? Yes  No 
  27. Have you ever overdosed on any drugs? Yes  No 
  28. Do you continue to use despite negative consequences? Yes  No 
  29. Do you think you might have a drug problem? Yes  No 

“Am I an addict?” This is a question only you can answer. We found that we all answered different numbers of these questions “Yes.” The actual number of “Yes” responses wasn’t as important as how we felt inside and how addiction had affected our lives.

Some of these questions don’t even mention drugs. This is because addiction is an insidious disease that affects all areas of our lives—even those areas which seem at first to have little to do with drugs. The different drugs we used were not as important as why we used them and what they did to us.

When we first read these questions, it was frightening for us to think we might be addicts. Some of us tried to dismiss these thoughts by saying:

“Oh, those questions don’t make sense;” Or,

“I’m different. I know I take drugs, but I’m not an addict. I have real emotional/family/job problems;”Or,

“I’m just having a tough time getting it together right now;” Or,

“I’ll be able to stop when I find the right person/get the right job, etc.”

If you are an addict, you must first admit that you have a problem with drugs before any progress can be made toward recovery. These questions, when honestly approached, may help to show you how using drugs has made your life unmanageable. Addiction is a disease which, without recovery, ends in jails, institutions, and death. Many of us came to Narcotics Anonymous because drugs had stopped doing what we needed them to do. Addiction takes our pride, self-esteem, family, loved ones, and even our desire to live. If you have not reached this point in your addiction, you don’t have to. We have found that our own private hell was within us. If you want help, you can find it in the Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous.

“We were searching for an answer when we reached out and found Narcotics Anonymous. We came to our first NA meeting in defeat and didn’t know what to expect. After sitting in a meeting, or several meetings, we began to feel that people cared and were willing to help. Although our minds told us that we would never make it, the people in the fellowship gave us hope by insisting that we could recover. […] Surrounded by fellow addicts, we realized that we were not alone anymore. Recovery is what happens in our meetings. Our lives are at stake. We found that by putting recovery first, the program works. We faced three disturbing realizations:

  1. We are powerless over addiction and our lives are unmanageable;
  2. Although we are not responsible for our disease, we are responsible for our recovery;
  3. We can no longer blame people, places, and things for our addiction. We must face our problems and our feelings.

The ultimate weapon for recovery is the recovering addict.”

1 Basic Text, Narcotics Anonymous

This is NA Fellowship-approved literature. Copyright © 1983, 1988 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All rights reserv



Going to Treatment Carries a lot of Anxiety...

Going to treatment for addiction can carry a lot of anxiety for everyone. Both for the addicted and their loved ones. The bridge from active addiction to recovery in a facility where the healing can begin is a very important step! It is also very eye opening to look at your life and wonder how did I get here? It was one of the things I asked myself, but I knew it didn't matter!

How I got here is just part of the story, moving forward is the key in doing this part in a healthy way, and the help of a therapist is a giant step. Most people that enter into a treatment center don't realize how bad their behavior has become and the effect it had on their life or their loved ones.

There's a big sigh of relief the second the decision is made to stop the chaos and begin a journey Drug and Alcohol free! Never, Never, lose hope in yourself or for a loved one battling addiction.

It is a very tough fight, and it is one that kills most people and ruins many life's. Embrace it! Be thankful for another shot at life and enjoy the process. It's not going to be simple but it's very rewarding!

As I tell everyone, there are thousands of recovery places to choose from, so make sure you do some research on your selection because this is the biggest step you will ever take!

What we have here at Moffitt Wellness Retreat is a Healing Community! A place where you simply learn how to live a Sober Life Style. This very skill will help you continue your journey of sober living once you return home.



‘The Fine Line …

‘The Fine Line Between Pain Management And Opiate Addiction’

The media is finally highlighting and doing a pretty good job in discussing the dangers of opiate dependence in relation to pain management. The Fine Line Between Pain Management And Opiate Addiction Those of use working in the chemical dependency field have been watching this snowball over the past decade. In the late 1990′s there were news articles about hilly billy heroin (otherwise known as OxyContin) overrunning rural counties in Maine and Kentucky. Celebrities have been dying from their dependence to prescription medications for years, i.e. Heath Ledger. The media and publicists refer to it as medication mismanagement or an unfortunate interaction with medications. One of my favorite surfers, Andy Irons, died in 2010 from a prescription drug overdose. At the time, and to this day, no one speaks of Irons as an addict. Just that he died of an overdose related to prescription medications.

As a therapist in this field I am witness to the struggle of hundreds of addicts as they fight for their recovery. Some come by the disease innocently, hooked by an open script from a dentist, multiple knee surgeries, and so forth. Others use the relationship with the doctor as a means to protect their disease. “I am not going to stop taking the xanax, my doctor ordered it” or “I still need one vicodin because my back is really damaged and the doctor says that is all that will help.” My personal approach to those responses is simple, please sign the release of information and let us call your doctor together. The disease informs the client that there is no way that Jamie is going to talk to my doctor. This becomes a wonderful opportunity to educate the client about the disease of addiction and how it continues to try to protect itself, even when the client knows that they want to get healthy.

So knowing that there continues to be an increase in prescription drug dependence were do we go from here. I believe that the chemical dependence field must take charge and become a leader in how we treat chronic pain. Our counselors should take an active role in the development and use of non-narcotic pain management programs. The author of this article does a nice job identifying some effective approaches to treating pain without the use of opiates. There needs to be additional programing using EMDR and the mindfulness based therapies. Our field must educate medical professionals and share our knowledge on chemical dependence. Our national groups like NAADAC and ACA and government agencies like SAMSHA and NIDA need to fund campaigns educating the public and professionals to break away from the “pill a day” mentality that fuels our healthcare system. Change is possible but it will require groups of professionals to saying there is a different way to do this.

–Jamie Loffredo, MA LPC NCC CAADC